The always-stunning Ciara confessed that it took time and effort for her to feel beautiful without makeup on. The singer dished on how she truly learned to love herself and feel confident in her own skin.

“I think it’s the idea of you wear the makeup, the makeup doesn’t wear you. And I had to really grab that idea. I kind of figured it out a little bit later in life,” the 33-year-old explained during Beautycon Festival Day 2 in Los Angeles on August 11. That’s not to say that the “Level Up” artist doesn’t adore getting all done up, but becoming a mother helped her realize that she had to find inner-peace with her natural beauty.

Ciara White Dress at Beautycon Day 2 and Thigh High Black Boots

“I love getting glammed up and I liked who I was with the makeup. I like getting my makeup done … I can’t lie,” she continued. “I wish I could wake up every day and get my makeup done but that’s not realistic. For me, I got to start feeling good about who I am before any brush is painted on my face.” The “Like a Boy” songstress noted, “I’ve got to feel good about me, so I’m empowered because of that … I can be stripped down at home and extensionless and feel like I’m still fly, I’m still cute. That’s the attitude you want to have and I had to work on that to be very honest.”

“When you have kids, you don’t have a lot of time to get super glammed up anyway, so I’ve got to feel good about who I am when I get stripped down,” the pop star admitted. Ciara shares her 5-year-old son, Future Zahir Wilburn, with rapper Future, and her daughter Sienna Princess Wilson, 2, with her current husband Russell Wilson. “It’s raw and simple and, I will say, I do feel my confidence got much better when I understood that, when I understood that I wear the makeup and the makeup doesn’t wear me … It’s my moment to have a little bit of fun.”

She added, “Date night I want to get cute, red carpets, I love getting glammed up. But I like who I am with no makeup too, and that discovery was game-changing for me.”

We think you’re stunning literally all the time, Ciara!